WOST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Lecture, discussion. Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, course introduces basic concepts and perspectives in Women's Studies. Focusing on women's lives with a particular emphasis on the ways in which gender interacts with race, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Central aim is to foster critical reading and thinking about women's lives, the ways in which the interlocking systems of colonialism, racism, sexism, ethnocentrism and heterosexism shape women's lives, and how women have resisted them.

WOST 187H Introduction to Women's Studies (ID) 4 cr.
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Orchard Hill residential education course. Same description as WOST 187, with additional honors component. 4 credits.

WOST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Arlene Avakian
Sima Fahid

Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of Women's Studies and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women's lived experiences primarily in North America, with some comparative connections to women globally.

WOST 291B International Feminism
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Kanthie Athukorala

Originally listed as a Woman of Color seminar- Schedule #893042. This course will introduce students to diversity of women's activism and feminism in the international context. Through the use of fiction, narratives, videos, and readings, this course explores how women in different geographical, cultural, and historical contexts (Asia, Africa, and Latin America) demonstrate their agency challenging, opposing, and steering the social conditions to include themselves as active participants in the political, economic, and social processes. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for majors and minors.

WOST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Kathleen Zane

The objective of this course is to introduce ways of analyzing and reflecting on current issues and controversies in feminist thought within an international context. Main subject areas are: feminism and nationalism; culture as revolution and reaction; the construction of gender, race and sexuality; perspectives on pornography and racial hatred propaganda/speech/acts; and international sex trafficking and prostitution. Questions addressed are: What constitutes theory in Women's Studies? How does theory reflect, critique, challenge and change dominant sex/race/class power structures? What is theory's relationship to practice? What are the contemporary issues important to feminist/womanist theory? The common thread of this course is to provide students with some tools of analysis for addressing these issues. Oral class presentations, two short papers and one take-home exam.

WOST 391A Women in Sickness and in Health: Bodies of Knolwedge/Bodies of Color
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Kathleen Zane

The course examines the history and theories of biomedical systems as culture as they function in the lives of women of color. Legal and political implications of those systems for women of color in the U.S. are compared with those for women in globalized cultures and contexts. The roles and experiences of women with complementary/alternative/traditional healing practices are also viewed in the context of multiculturalist politics. Readings and films from feminist theory, social sciences, cultural studies, documentary, and fiction. This course will satisfy the Woman of Color requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

WOST 391B Historical Construction of Sexuality in the Middle East
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Sima Fahid

The aim of this course is to analyze the intersection of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in modern Middle Eastern history. The following issues will be dealt with in this course: the impact of the articulation of modern state in different countries of the Middle East, the impact of the articulation of modern state on the lives of the subaltern groups such as women and gypsies in different countries of the Middle East, the replacement of subsistence production with cash crop as a result of the rise of domestic and foreign capital and its repercussion in women's lives, and the process through which gypsies remained outside the state apparatus and became an outcast group. This course will satisfy the Woman of Color requirement outside the U.S. for Women's Studies majors and minors.

WOST 391W Writing for WOST Majors
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00 a.m.

Fulfills University's Junior Year Writing Requirement. Offered fall semester only. Course acquaints students with the genres of writing within Women's Studies and is structured around a set of readings selected to represent a large variety of stylist approaches including scholarly writings in a number of fields, book and film reviews, polemical journalistic writing, letters to the editor, zines, web pages, personal and self-reflexive prose, newsletter prose, and conference reports. The readings will be short, and each will be intended to serve as a model of its kind to be analyzed, emulated, and/or critiqued. The course allows students to hone skills in modes of expository writing and augmentation useful for research and writing in a variety of fields.

WOST 392C Women and Economic Development in the Third World
Monday 3:35 - 6:05 p.m.
Kanthie Athukorala

This course will assess the impact of economic development on women's lives in Africa, Asia, and Latin America from the '80s to the present. Through reading material from a variety of sources which includes autobiographical narratives, fiction, films and videos, this course will look at (a) theoretical issues surrounding economic development and women's relationship to that process, (b) how women experience this process, and (c) alternatives to traditional approaches for empowering women and influencing development policy. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Third World development and women. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for majors and minors.

WOST 392D Latin American Feminisms: Theory and Practice
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

This course will connect contemporary Latin American women's and feminist movements to their historical context in order to understand the development of feminist theory in Latin America and its relation to political practice. Our main focus will be on the emergence of feminist movements in Central America. We will develop a background understanding of the relation of imperialism, dictatorships, national and ethnic liberation movements, underdevelopment and neo-liberalism to women's issues. Questions of definition and identity politics for women's movements, self identified feminism, and gender analysis will be investigated. Other issues include: the relation of Central American women's movements to left political movements, non-governmental organizations and world development institutions, the state, and international feminist connections, the role of human rights discourse in women's movements, and power differences between women involving class, race/ethnicity and sexuality. Students will be expected to have some background in either women's studies, social theory, or Latin American studies. Elementary reading knowledge of Spanish is recommended. Readings will include a course reader of readings from many sources. Students will be expected to do class reports, several short papers and a term paper. This course satisfies a Women of Color outside the U.S. requirement for Women's Studies students.

WOST 792A Theorizing Race Feminisms
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

This class will be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in that it will draw on an extensive range of writings of and by women and men. Extending beyond national borders, it will also involve global issues, specific case studies, multiplicative theory of analysis and praxis. Some questions: What historical arguments are made to bolster the various authors' claims? What are the theoretical contributions of the authors? What are the practical aspects? What are the descriptive, analytical, and reformative notions? What are the interrelationships between all the concepts? What would be the theoretical components of a critical race feminist jurisprudence of resistance? Critical race feminism will also examine the role that narrative or storytelling technique - an essential part of the critical race theory - play as method for critical race feminists.

Past Courses
UMass Listings
Core Courses
Women of Color
Summer 2000
Graduate Level
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke
Smith College